Welcome to AMS

377397main_AMS-022.jpgThe Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) is a state-of-the-art particle physics detector designed to operate as an external module on the International Space Station. Using the unique environment of space - where the study of the cosmos is not hindered by Earth's atmosphere - it will study the universe and its origin by searching for antimatter, dark matter while also performing precision measurements on the composition and flux of cosmic rays.

During its long year mission it will collect millions of primary cosmic rays which have travelled hundreds of millions of light years before finally reaching the experiment.

AMS-02 is operated by an international collaboration of 56 institutions from 16 countries, that have also helped construct the experiment over a time span of 11 years and will analyze the huge amounts (7 Gigabits/s) of data collected.

AMS-02 hopes to help answer such fundamental questions as "What makes up the universe's invisible mass?" and "What happened to the primordial antimatter?"